Iconic race under way

2017-04-28 06:01
PHOTO: Em GatlandTop riders of the 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c start Day 2 of the event which took riders from Frankfort to Reitz.

PHOTO: Em GatlandTop riders of the 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c start Day 2 of the event which took riders from Frankfort to Reitz.

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THE eighth Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race got off to an easy start on Friday with everyone finishing at approximately the same time.

By the end of the weekend, which was day three of the race, riders started to feel the pressure rendering the day “a very long one” as they tackled the hump of Mount Paul just before the Sterkfontein Dam where that stage came to a close.

The race, which sees 800 riders taking on a 900 km ride from the Johannesburg Highveld to the coast of Scottburgh over nine days, included close on 200 foreign participants this year.

Organisers said the race was a journey that tested both body and mind.

“The professional and more competitive riders fully embrace the racing element. But what really makes the joBerg2c special is the experience of riding through Gauteng, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal over the nine days,” said race organiser Craig Wapnick.

There’s something quite special about waking up every morning knowing that by the time you end a day’s riding you’ll be arriving in a completely different environment,” said Moseley.

He said the communities which the race passed through also benefitted as most saw the event as a fund-raising opportunity through preparing meals for the riders and developing their communities in various ways.

“In partnership with Old Mutual, Participate For Good and the Nelson Mandela Day Project, nine libraries have already been established on the route and one more is ready to go,” said Wapnick.

Top riders participating this year included Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck, Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes in the men’s field, and Candice Lill and Amy Beth McDougall joined the mixed category.

— Supplied.

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